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'What should the people do? Should they delete their old posts or make their accounts private?' That may not be enough.
One of the bill's most controversial articles will require social media platforms to make supposedly confidential messages available to the judiciary for 3 months, including the identity of senders
‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’
Zoom is the latest in a long line of western social media and tech companies which have found themselves struggling to deal with the demands of authoritarian governments in lucrative overseas markets
'Some would say this fear of the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 is hypothetical as it is imaginary. There is nothing hypothetical or imaginary though with the story we have seen the last 4 years.'
Compared to the country's Human Security Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act drops the bar even lower
'What should be noted is the breadth and intensity of opposition [to the anti-terror bill]. This is a much broader range of opposition than on any other issue under the Duterte administration.'
Even those working in the private sector cannot be terminated, disciplined, or punished for posting something on Facebook or Twitter or showing up at rallies
The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge
'The timing, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, is telling'
'We need to know what the slums look like, what a broken education system looks like, what hunger looks like – because they all have a face'
One activist is accused of having insulted President Abdelmadjid Tebboune by calling him 'illegitimate,' while another has criticized the 'injustice' of Algeria's judicial system
Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected
Ex-SC Spokesperson Ted Te says the NBI agents are still liable for the arbitrary detention of teacher Ronnel Mas
(UPDATED) The prosecutor says the warrantless arrest is invalid, but the defect is cured by the teacher's admission to the media
'The Philippines and the rest of the world would not be in this mess if we had immediate access to Dr Li's crucial information'
Just like in the United States, the Philippine government’s act of blocking citizens from its social media accounts violate fundamental rights
Police arrest 15 prominent activists on charges linked to last year's demonstrations. Those detained were not masked protesters who often violently clashed with police, but rather some of the city's best-known moderates.
When is something protected speech, and when is it not?
American journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal are told to hand back their credentials within 10 days
'To be an activist does not require one to be physically present in rallies and street protests. It can be done through the formidable power of the written word.'
Publications can be suspended under the law for up to 3 months for printing items deemed against the public interest
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'
'What he is accused of doing is exactly what professional journalists do every day – seeking, receiving and publishing important information about our government,' says law professor Sonja West
The challenge now is no longer to gather huge crowds at plazas to frighten a dictator and his sycophants. It is to reclaim the online public space from the disinformation monster that President Duterte himself has unleashed.
Lessons from Myanmar and the Philippines
Bangladesh court grants bail to award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam after spending more than 100 days behind bars
'There are things na tingin ko na medyo nasobrahan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about controversial assistant secretary Mocha Uson
Civil society groups are worried that the Paris Agreement could crumble at the last minute, as the final meeting to decide its implementation will be held in Poland, Europe's second biggest coal-producing country
Some users think this feature would be abused by trolls and bots, while some say users' freedom of speech would be unaffected
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says there should be 'a free marketplace of ideas'
'A free, democratic society depends on the free exchange of ideas and speaking truth to power and fighting for one’s convictions are both anchored on our ability to exercise this freedom,' the Commission on Human Rights says
'I categorically deny that there is an effort by the PNP to monitor, to conduct background checks on the media...It is not only irregular, but it is bordering on (being) illegal,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa
Ang pamahalaang gumagamit ng corporate take-downs upang busalan ang mga tumutuligsa dito ay hindi mag-aatubiling sagasaan ang karapatan ng pangkaraniwang mamamayan
'Bakit po ako nagpapatuloy bilang isang Spokesman? Dahil naniniwala ako at naninindigan din po ako na ang Pangulong Duterte ay sang-ayon din at sumusuporta sa malayang pamamahayag,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
Veteran reporter Ed Lingao says about fake news online, ‘Everybody has the right to be wrong, but everybody has the responsibility to get it right’
'Like many, I fear that the pendulum of democracy is swinging the other way globally, enabled by social media,' says Maria Ressa when she accepted the National Democracy Institute's W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award on November 2 (US time)
Sa mga panahong ito, kahit peke ang balita, basta ito’y nakasisira sa kaaway o nakatutulong sa kinakampihan, kinabibiliban pa natin ang sinungaling
What fuels the hate and the toxicity? It’s the sense of entitlement and power, of being backed and supported by those in power.
The Balochistan Union of Journalists criticizes the illegal confinement
Fil Ams from the University of California at Berkeley agree that the Free Speech Movement is alive and well
The ministry of transport and communications demands the news outlets websites be blocked but gives no further details to back up its claims
Some social media users say banning the celebrity blogger s Facebook page – whether you are a fan of her or not – is the wrong approach
Ultimately President Duterte has a huge role in addressing the deepening polarization and in creating an environment where everyone feels welcome to express dissenting opinions
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